Kyiv says Ukrainian forces are counterattacking Russian soldiers on the outskirts of Bakhmut as their position in the eastern city shrinks to limited footholds.
They now want to surround Russian forces and compel them to defend.
“In the future, this will give us the opportunity to enter the city when the operational situation at the front changes,” Ukraine’s eastern military commander, Col. Gen. Oleksandr Syrsky, wrote on Telegram early Monday.
At a weekend G-7 conference, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged that months of violent fighting had wrecked the city.
At the G-7 conference in Japan on Sunday, President Biden announced a $375 million military aid package for Ukraine, including HIMARS ammunition, antitank weaponry, armored vehicles, and other equipment.
Washington has given $37 billion since the conflict started. He also stated the US would help train Ukrainian F-16 pilots.
The Russian ambassador to the US warned that sending F-16 fighter fighters to Kyiv would involve NATO.
“Every specialist knows that Ukraine lacks F-16 infrastructure, pilots, and maintenance personnel. What if American fighters take off from NATO airfields run by foreign "volunteers"?
Anatoly Antonov authored Telegram. The Kremlin has portrayed its invasion as a war against the trans-Atlantic alliance, which is not directly participating.
After Washington indicated last week that allies might transfer the sophisticated jet fighters, Ukraine aims to have them in the sky by autumn.
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